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stevepritchardwoodturning

Location

Winston, GA, United States

Quick Blurb

Hello and welcome to my shop. I work with a wood lathe to make one of a kind items, both practical and artistic.

Interests

Woodturning (of course), woodworking, painting, computers, photoshop, lightroom, and technology in general as well as art of almost any type.

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Get to Know

Hi! My name is Steve Pritchard and I opened my Artfire store on December 12, 2011. Welcome!


To the left is an image of my "office". This is where I spend a lot of my time creating. This particular day I was rough turning a maple bowl. Lots of shavings!


All of my life, I have been drawn to work with wood. In 2000, I found woodturning and have become addicted to it as a medium for expression. Like everything in nature, each piece of wood has its own character. Each piece is much like every other piece of that species, but each also has its own personality and appeal. I find few things in life more enjoyable and satisfying than seeing that personality emerge from a large wet lump of wood and doing my best to bring out its beauty and character.


To me, the process of exposing that inner beauty is in many ways, the most enjoyable part of the process. Listening to the hiss of a sharp gouge as it peels away wet shavings and watching them fly in a long arc to finally land in a huge pile is a singular experience. Sometimes it is difficult to remember that the original purpose was to make something useful and beautiful and not just to make shavings! However, in the end, we need to remember that the tree spent a lifetime developing its unique qualities and we should try to preserve rather than destroy the fruits of that effort.


Nearly all of the wood I use comes from trees that have been felled due to disease, storms or development and destined to be ground into mulch or hauled to a landfill. While I know it's inevitable due to progress and our need for building material's, it always makes me sad to see a tree down regardless of the reason. They look like fallen soldiers forgotten on the battlefield. Woodturning is one of the few ways that we, as individuals, can preserve a little of a tree that once stood tall and proud and it's wonderful to be a part of that community.


It has been said that when turning, your hands will tell you when a piece is finished. Wood is a material like no other and it will tell you, through your hands, what it is meant to be. Each time that happens, it is as if it were the first time and I am thankful that I am able to experience that moment again and again.


Thank you for stopping by!

Bio Photo Gallery

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    This is a art piece called "Nature's Offering". The brown portion is a banksia pod (kind of an Australian version of a pine cone) the finial is ebony and the legs and leaves are "cold bend hardwood". That's a processed wood that bends easily when wet and holds its shape when dry.

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    Another art piece. Bradford pear with ebony insert. Holes were carved in the piece then it was painted black and the black was sanded off.

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    Sputnik sea urchin ornament

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    Harry Potter style wands from dyed plywood.